Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today in Labor History—September 21

September 21, 1896 - The militia was sent to Leadville, Colorado, to bust a miners’ strike. Leadville was a leading mining community during the latter half of the 19th century due to its rich silver deposits. The amazing mineral wealth of Colorado turned it into the nation’s main mining region, and contributed to wealth of families like the Guggenheims. (From Workday Minnesota)
Mother Jones, 1837-1930

September 21, 1913 – Mother Jones led a march of miners' children through the streets of Charleston. Between 1912 and 1913, there were frequent violent conflicts during the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek strike in West Virginia.  (From the Daily Bleed)

September 21, 1945 – 200,000 coalminers struck to win collective bargaining rights for supervisory employees. (From the Daily Bleed)

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